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This trippy tribute to our country's 200th birthday was funded by a Bicentennial Project Grant and animated by Vincent Collins who made other psychedelic cartoons. This film was produced by the United States Information Agency -the government's propaganda agency.
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I am currently an online student and thought this was great. It would be nice if the type of animation was labeled as I found this on a search for the anime "Yellow Submarine" 1968, created by and animated by George Dunning.
Subject: These are your national symbols on drugs
Seriously, this animator must have spent his USIA swag on some serious chemical inspiration. Is this the same guy who did the trippy drive-in movie refreshment ads with the fake Peter Max vibe?
Stephen Colbert should use this footage if he ever does a sketch about someone slipping him a hallucinogen. It already feels like the opening sequence from his show.
Subject: A few notes.
In reply to other people's comments:
The "pyramid" is on the reverse of the Great Seal of the United States. Check the back of a 1.
The "recycling symbol" is actually the logo for the Bicentennial Commission.
Lastly, I'm going to steal dynayellow's comment about "Your Chance to Live: Technological Failures" ( http://www.archive.org/details/your_chance_to_live_tech ): This looks (and sounds) like something they'd show in old sci-fi to "re-educate someone".
Also, check out Grant Wood's "American Gothic" (When the eagle's flying around), with the very flashy farmer!
Subject: Nixon-Ford Plot
Government Plot To Hypnotize Viewers To Vote Republican! Paid For By The N.R.A & Jerry Falwell's Acid Dropping Grandmother!
Subject: One of the strangest things I ever saw
I think I saw this on public television when I was little. I am having flashbacks to this day. This is a strange bit of propaganda, a good one at that and has the watered down corporate psychadelic flavor of the plastic 70's.
Using this for my next video, thanks for posting it!
There's not a lot I can add that other commenters haven't already said. I was 15 when this came out, and I'm sure I've never seen it before. It's too long to be a tv spot, so where was it shown?
I actually feel pretty patriotic after watching it. Not to mention nostalgic. And high.
Subject: Stockstock film festival 2006 selection
A portion of this was selected as one of the 'stock film' clips provided for the 2006 stockstock film festival...
Subject: mash-up 200 v jeopardy
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Subject: More drugs please.
Trippy, and I mean trippy animated salute to what makes America great. Using a lot of familiar icons, the artist creates, uh, quite a collage of interesting things. I liked the pyramid, not too sure where he was going with that, and the recycling symbol, even though America was hardly recycling at that time. A fun watch.
Subject: best piece of american propaganda ever!
beautiful, simple; all that is the epitome of america with an pyschedelically artistic twist.
Wilford B. Wolf -
Subject: Lemme get out my red, white and blue tie-dye...
"Bicentennial" (aka "200") is pure 1970s psychedilia. The designs remind me strongly of Peter Max and Yellow Submarine. This short film is a series of flag and other American symbol motifs, almost done to abstraction. Interesting bits include the remenants of the hippie culture (the Woodstock logo, the flag shaped around a peace sign) contrasted with the symbols of mainstream consumer culture (a cornacopia spewing out cars, tvs, hamburgers, and hot dogs). Washington crossing the Delaware becomes a Fauvist riot of color. While trying to use all the American symbols it becomes a oblique critique of those symbols, as they are shown to be changable and repeated unto abstraction. The fact this was made for the US Information Agency is all the more surprising.
The trippy visuals also have a decent jam band rock soundtrack. Put this movie up on the projecter at your next house party. The perfect addition to your 70's theme party.
Arvid Rudling -
Subject: Far out, dude
This clip ("Bicentennial" seems to be the original title) is the weirdest marriage of late 60s icons and style with general americana including parts of the "establishment". All done at a time when this visual language was no longer revolting but considered "safe".
Camp meter reading off the scale!
who the hell did thay make this for did thay just show this at random on t.v. in 1976. its a trippy grove man
Karma Hawk -
Subject: Warning: May Cause Seizures
The alternative title I was considering was "Warning: This film goes Nowhere." Anyway let's get down to buisness: This is a short trippy, psychedelic montoge of americana images (only funkified because hey...it WAS the seventies) anyway these images have a habit of flashing rapidly so be forwarned.
Yikes man, that's some convulsion-inducing animation. Watch at your own risk. Psycho-delic man...
Subject: A perfect period piece
You can spot this as a US government production, because the visual style is about five years out-of-date for 1976. Yet, it's great to see this stuff again.